COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 17/18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 13-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 20-4 victory over Bellarmine in a Great Western Lacrosse League game in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Wednesday night. The Buckeyes, now 6-3 this year and 2-0 in the GWLL, received goals from 11 players in the win. Bellarmine falls to 6-4 on the year and is 0-2 in the league.

“I’m impressed with the total team effort our guys put forth in this important win tonight,” Joe Breschi, Ohio State head coach, said. “It gave a lot of players a chance to play and was good experience for our young guys. It was a good performance on a short week, as we now get ready for Air Force Sunday.”

Junior Joel Dalgarno, the reigning GWLL Player of the Week, had a game-high four goals and tied teammate Kevin Buchanan for the team lead with six points each vs. the Knights. Buchanan had a team-best five assists in the game, with juniors Jeff Ryan and Peet Poillon recording four points on a hat trick and an assist. Senior Mat Ballay and sophomore Mario Ventiquattro each scored twice. Junior Nick Carr led the team with a career-best nine groundballs. The Buckeye defense held the Knights to just 17 shots in the game, including five in the first half.

The Buckeyes scored four goals in the first quarter while outshooting the Knights, 21-2. Dalgarno tallied at 11:43, assisted by Poillon, and set up Buchanan for a man-up goal at 10:31. After a goal by Poillon at 6:20, Dalgarno found Ryan to extend the lead to 4-0 at 4:23.

The Buckeyes scored nine times on 13 shots in the second quarter to lead 13-0 at halftime. Sophomore James Green set up Dalgarno at 13:43 and Poillon scored unassisted at 12:27. Buchanan assisted on the next two and three of the next four goals, finding Ryan at 9:03, senior Ricky Pages at 5:41 and Corey Bentine at 4:21. Green scored a goal of his own at 5:41. Ryan set up sophomore Andrew Stimmel for a goal at 3:13 before Dalgarno scored 1:01 later. Ventiquattro closed out the scoring with a goal, assisted by junior Doug Ruhnke, with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

The Buckeyes scored the first three goals to open the second half and outscored BU in the quarter, 4-2, with three man-up goals.  Buchanan found Ventiquattro for a man-up score at 13:59 before sophomore Ryan Lowe assisted on Poillon’s third goal of the game at 12:29. Dalgarno and Ryan (from Buchanan) scored EMO goals at 9:12 and 2:17, respectively, surrounding Bellarmine’s first goal of the game, from John Kirk at 4:33. BU’s Mike Rosenbergh closed the quarter with a goal with 59 seconds left on the clock.

Ohio State opened the fourth quarter on a three-goal run, with two goals from Ballay (man-up from Brian Lalley at 14:07 and unassisted at 10:04) and a score by Mike Pires at 10:52. The Knights scored the final two goals of the game, as Shane Andersen set up Derek Hopcroft at 7:24 and Chaze Williams at 3:29.

For the second-consecutive game, three goalies saw time in the cage for the Buckeyes. Senior Stefan Schroder started and played the first half, shutting out the Knights while making one save. Sophomore Brandon Freeman played 25:48 and allowed three goals, making five stops. Senior Bill Curry played the final 4:12, making one save and allowing one goal.

Ohio State outshot the Knights, 47-17. The Buckeyes had 42 groundballs, with Bellarmine scooping up 25. Each team won 13 faceoffs.

Ohio State converted 5-of-8 man-up chances in the game and stopped the Knights on their three opportunities.

Game Notes
Ohio State will host Air Force at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The 11-member senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Ohio State topped the 20-goal mark for the first time since a 23-5 victory over St. Joseph’s March 7, 1995.

Dalgarno has a team-best 21 goals and 39 points on the year. He has 130 points in his Buckeye career to tie for 15th in program history with Brian Driscoll (1966-68) and is tied with Buchanan for seventh in program history in career assists with 59 each (one ahead of current assistant coach Anthony Gilardi (2001-04). Dalgarno extended his scoring streak to 36 games and has at least one point in each of his games as a Buckeye. Dalgarno has 15 points in his last two games combined, with five goals and 10 assists. The four goals were a season best.

Buchanan now has 135 (76g, 59a) points as a Buckeye, ranking 11th in program history. He is tied with Dalgarno for seventh in career assists. Buchanan is on a 38-game scoring streak (72-55-126), has multiple points in each of his last 21 games and is on an 18-game goal-scoring streak. His six points vs. Bellarmine matched his career best, first set vs. Penn State March 8. The five assists were one shy of the career-best six he had vs. Harvard last season.

The Buckeyes have scored 11 or more goals in each of their last six games and have double-digit goals in 7-of-9 games this year.

The Buckeye defense has held opponents to eight goals or less in 8-of-9 games this year. The four goals scored by Bellarmine were the fewest since a 13-4 over Harvard Feb. 25, 2007. The team is allowing 6.89 gals a game this year.

Buchanan and Pages played in the 50th game of their Buckeye careers.

After he was held scoreless in the season opener, Ryan has at least one goal and multiple points in each of the last eight games. He has four points in four of the last five games, with a hat trick and an assist in each contest.

Green hat at least two points in 7-of-8 games this season, with a goal and an assist in five outings.

Poillon has multiple goals and points in all but one game this season and has three points in each of the last three games.

Ballay had the first two-goal game of his career and scored his first goal since Feb. 23, 2007 vs. Wagner.

Bentine’s goal was his first this season and the first since Feb. 10, 2007 vs. Robert Morris.

                         Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
                         2008 Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse
         Bellarmine vs #17 Ohio State (Apr 02, 2008 at Columbus, Ohio)

           Bellarmine (6-4, 0-2 GWLL) vs. Ohio State (6-3, 2-0 GWLL)
Date: Apr 02, 2008  Location: Columbus, Ohio        Stadium: Jesse Owens Memorial
Attendance:472   Start time:7 p.m.    End time:8:40      Total time:1:40   

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Bellarmine……….  0  0  2  2 –  4
Ohio State……….  4  9  4  3 – 20

Bellarmine SCORING: GOALS: Kirk, John 1; Williams, Chase 1;
Rosenbergh, Mike 1; Hopcroft, Derek 1.
ASSISTS: Andersen, Shane 2; Floris, Jamie 1.

Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Dalgarno,Joel 4; Ryan,Jeff 3; Poillon,Peet
3; Ventiquattro,Mario 2; Ballay,Mat 2; Buchanan,Kevin 1; Green,James
1; Pages,Ricky 1; Bentine,Corey 1; Stimmel,Andrew 1; Pires,Mike 1.
ASSISTS: Buchanan,Kevin 5; Dalgarno,Joel 2; Green,James 1;
Lalley,Brian 1; Lowe,Ryan 1; Poillon, Peet 1; Ruhnke,Doug 1; Ryan,Jeff 1.

Bellarmine GROUND BALLS: Snider, Bobby 9; Lukanchoff, Adam 3;
Burkholder, Jeff 2; Gardner, Adam 2; Burks, Justin 1; Floris, Jamie 1;
Fowler, Ryan 1; Holland, Matt 1; Johnson, Bryan 1; Peterson, Reed 1;
Russo, John 1; Van Houten, Hans 1; Williams, Chase 1.

Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Carr,Nick 9; Lovett,Keith 4; Schroder,Stefan
4; Dalgarno,Joel 3; Billingsley,Charlie 2; Buchanan,Kevin 2;
Friel,Chris 2; Gerland,Scott 2; Pages,Ricky 2; Ryan,Jeff 2;
Ventiquattro,Mario 2; Bain,Dan 1; Bentine,Corey 1; Campbell,Packy 1;
Foreman,Scott 1; Funk,Josh 1; Green,James 1; Lathrop,Scott 1;
Ruhnke,Doug 1.

SHOTS – Bellarmine 17; Ohio State 47.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Bellarmine 11; Ohio State 27.

PENALTIES – Bellarmine 8/6:30; Ohio State 3/1:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Bellarmine 0-3; Ohio State 5-8.

FACEOFFS – Bellarmine 13-26; Ohio State 13-26.

CLEARS – Bellarmine 9-18; Ohio State 16-19.

GOALIES – BU: Burks, Justin 0-2 (30:00 minutes, 18 shots-5 saves, 13
GA) , Bowles, Scott (15:00, 3-0, 3) , Haas, David (15:00, 6-2, 4);
OSU: Schroder,Stefan 6-3 (30:00, 1-1, 0) , Curry,Bill (04:12, 2-1, 1)
, Freeman,Brandon (25:48, 8-5, 3).

Start time: 7 p.m.    Finish time: 8:40      Length of game: 1:40

A-472 T-1:40